Lori Saldana

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Lori Saldana
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 52
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Lori Saldana was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 52nd Congressional District of California. She was a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 76 from 2004 to 2010. She served as Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore


Saldana earned her B.S. in Physical Education and her M.S. in Education from San Diego State University. Her professional experience includes working as a coach at Clairemont High School, San Diego City College and Madison High School, professor at San Diego Community College and Associate Dean and Director of the Service Learning Program at San Diego Mesa College.

Often referred to as a national expert in water quality, Saldana chaired a local chapter of the Sierra Club and co-founded and chaired San Diego Earth Day Celebrations. Additionally, she was a Presidential appointee to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission.[1]

Committee assignments

Committees of the California State Assembly

Saldana was a member of these legislative committees:

Policy positions

Saldana is an advocate of environmental legislation. She co-authored the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while instituting renewable energy mandates. She also sought to decrease the use of fossil fuels while making solar energy more affordable by co-authoring the Million Dollar Solar Initiative. Additionally, she authored legislation to increase California's Environmental Fund, which included increasing the use of hybrid vehicles and reduced-emission buses.[1]

Initiative rights

In the 2009 session of the state legislature, Saldana introduced three bills that would have restricted California's ballot initiative process:

Saldana's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 330 - Elections: voting devices
  • AB 436 - Elections: initiatives
  • AB 1068 - Petitions: signature gathering

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: California's 52nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Saldana ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 52nd District. She was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[3][4]

U.S. House, California District 52 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Bilbray (R) Incumbent 43.1% 61,930
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters (D) 23.7% 34,106
Lori Saldana (D) 23.2% 33,387
John Stahl (R) 3.8% 5,502
Wayne Iverson (R) 3.1% 4,476
Shirley Decourt-Park (D) 1.6% 2,368
John Subka (R) 0.8% 1,091
Gene Hamilton Carswell (R) 0.6% 828
Total Votes 143,688


Saldana was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.


In 2008, Saldana was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 76. Saldana (D) finished with 113,754 votes and was followed by Denney Ralph (R) with 55,128 votes and Daniel Baehr (L) with 8,224 votes.[5]

California State Assembly District 76
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lori Saldana (D) 113,754
Denney Ralph (R) 55,128
Daniel Baehr (L) 8,224

Campaign donors


Lori Saldana on medical marijuana

Below are Saldana's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
CA State Council of Laborers $10,800
AFSCME California $10,200
CA School Employees Assoc $9,200
CA Dental Assoc $8,800
United Healthcare Workers West $8,700

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[7][8]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Saldana ranked as a 97.[9]

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 76
Succeeded by
Toni Atkins